Born: July 10, 1972 Height: 5' 7"
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, comedian, producer, television host, model and businesswoman. Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She was called the nickname Toti by her five brothers and sisters and many cousins. Vergara initially studied dentistry at a university in Colombia, but left two semesters away from her degree to pursue opportunities in modeling and show business. She subsequently moved to Miami, leaving behind unrest in Colombia, where her older brother was murdered in 1998 during an attempt to kidnap him.
Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was quickly presented with offers of modeling and television work. Vergara made her first appearance, at the age of 17, in a Pepsi commercial which was widely broadcast in Latin America. Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi (2003). Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers (2005) and two Tyler Perry films—Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009), receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. Vergara's success on television has earned her roles in recent films The Smurfs (2011), New Year's Eve (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Machete Kills (2013), Chef (2014), and Hot Pursuit (2015). In 2012 and 2013, she was the top-earning actress on US television.
Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Vergara was married at the age of 18 to her high-school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez. She gave birth to their son Manolo in September 1992. They divorced in 1993. In 2014, Vergara began dating True Blood star Joe Manganiello. They married in 2015. Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. She had her thyroid removed, underwent radioiodine therapy, and made a full recovery. In 2013, she signed endorsement contracts with Diet Pepsi, Rooms To Go, and medicine Synthroid. During her 2014 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Vergara revealed that she had become a United States citizen after getting 100% on her citizenship test. Vergara has naturally blonde hair, although for movies and television, she is sometimes asked to dye it brown to make her look more stereotypically Hispanic.